Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988
A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime, a court heard on Monday. Scott White, 51, appeared in the New South Wales state Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty in January to the murder of the Los Angeles-born Canberra resident, whose death at the base of a North Head cliff was initially dismissed by police as suicide. A coroner ruled in 2017 that Johnson “fell from the clifftop as a result of actual or threatened violence by unidentified persons who attacked him because they perceived him to be homosexual.”news.yahoo.com
Jill Biden poised to reshape role of first lady by continuing to teach
"That's what [the Secret Service] deal[s] with. "So I think it's surely going to be a challenge for the Secret Service, but I think it's one that's manageable." If Biden continues teaching, she would be a trailblazer as the only first lady to hold a paid job outside the White House. She told "CBS Sunday Morning" in August that if Mr. Biden won the White House, she would continue working. Borrelli predicted Biden likely will continue pursuing educational initiatives and military outreach, as she did as second lady.cbsnews.com
California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure
But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue. Amusement park leaders saw a draft of the new rules Thursday and urged state officials to change them, said Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association. A Disney official said there have been no major reported outbreaks in Florida associated with the company’s theme parks and declined to say whether any cases have occurred there. Ian Henderson, a spokesman for Steel’s office, said county health officials have worked closely with Disney to prepare for the reopening of its parks. ___Taxin reported from Orange County, California.